Your day at Villa Shamballa Residence starts when you wake up to the sound of the wind rustling in the coconut trees just outside your bedroom window and the sun streaming into your gorgeous open-concept bedroom. Head downstairs to the breakfast nook and soak in the incredible views of the jungle spilling down the steep sides of the river valley, as the smiling staff serve you a feast of fresh fruit, toast, eggs, and heavenly Indonesian coffee.
After breakfast, take a dip in your private infinity pool and watch the clouds float by overhead, or relax on one of the plush couches in the living lounge, before heading into nearby Ubud for an afternoon of arts, culture, shopping and dining at some of Bali’s best restaurants. If you like, the staff can also arrange trips around Bali for you, so you can experience some of the best sights that the island has to offer.
As night starts to fall, you make your way back to the villa for a romantic gourmet dinner prepared by your talented villa chef and paired with a few glasses of fine wine. After dinner, the staff discreetly slip into the background so you can enjoy the soothing ambiance of the softly lit pool area and lounge, take in a good movie on the flat screen TV, or have a few cocktails in the outdoor jacuzzi, before slipping under the crisp white sheets of your plush king-sized bed.
The ground floor of Villa Shamballa Residence features a breezy lounge with cool stone floors, large cream coloured sofas and armchairs and natural wooden tables. One side of the lounge is completely open to the infinity pool, offering views out over the river gorge and letting sunlight and fresh air pour in. The lounge also has a flat screen TV, DVD and CD player for your entertainment.
Walk past the room divider with cut-out windows that house Indonesian artefacts and beautiful vases full of fresh flowers, and you reach the dining room with its intimate round table that also looks out over the pool. You can opt to dine inside here, or head out to the covered outdoor dining pagoda for breakfast in the fresh morning air or a romantic candlelit dinner by the pool listening to the soothing sound of the river below and traditional gamelan music wafting across the valley.
The wooden pool deck by the infinity pool is the ideal spot for working on your tan on one of the cushioned sun loungers, chilling out with a good book and enjoying sunset drinks as the sky morphs into vibrant shades of orange, red and pink. At night, the pool is lit up from below and the villa boasts soft lighting that creates a warm and romantic ambiance.
The ground floor also boasts the main bathroom, which was created with pure pampering in mind. Have a soak in the large terrazzo bathtub surrounded by candles, with millions of stars shining above and the sound of bamboo leaves rustling in the balmy breeze. Villa Shamballa Residence also offers luxurious natural aromatherapy products and thick plush towels.
Overlooking the stunning jungle valley is a huge airy bedroom with a spacious living area that is open on one side to allow for views over the jungle. The beautiful bathroom also boasts a open-air terazzo bathtub that offers spectacular views over the treetops, making you feel almost as though you are in your own Robinson Crusoe treehouse.
The four-poster king-sized bed sports only the finest mattress and pillows decked out in crisp Egyptian cotton sheets. Chinese lamps create a pleasant glow at night, and the mosquito net adds a touch of the exotic. From this stunning location, you can also take in the vista of the sunrise over the valley each morning as you wake.
The upstairs living area is furnished with a roomy teak day bed, two sofas with plush batik cushions, a single chair with an ottoman and a natural wood coffee table. The bedroom and living area combine to create a tranquil space where you can relax anytime of day or night with chilled out tunes playing on your iPod in the iPod dock, a cup of refreshing ginger tea and a Balinese cake that the staff will gladly prepare for you. You can also serve yourself anytime with the state-of-the-art coffee and tea making facilities.
At a Glance
||Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
||2 Guests (able to accommodate a maximum of three adults or two adults and one child), 2 bathrooms.
||2 Indoor living rooms, indoor and outdoor dining areas, infinity pool and outdoor wooden deck for yoga and afternoon tea.
||3 x 10 m, private infinity swimming pool.
||Villa manager, chef, villa attendants, security guards. Additional staff, including babysitters and masseuses, available on request (extra charges apply).
||The villa provides an in-house dining menu.
||WiFi internet access, landline for local calls, mobile phone coverage.
||Flat screen TV, Satellite TV channels, Radio CD player and iPod dock (Bose Sound System) for downstairs/upstairs.
||Baby Cots available.
||Spa area for massage. In-villa treatments selected can be carried out by professional beauty therapists (extra cost applies).
||Car and driver can be arranged at an additional cost.
||Back-up generator, safety deposit boxes.
||200 sqm (villa), 300 sqm (land)
Villa Shamballa Residence is very conveniently located in a small traditional village called Payogan whose meaning is “place to do yoga”. Although just 7 minutes drive from the centre of Ubud one senses they are miles away in the middle of a tropical forest. This hidden gem allows you to experience seclusion whilst remaining a stone’s throw from all conveniences.
A few minutes drive from the villa is the Sanggingan area offering a variety of culinary and shopping experiences. Among them the world famous Mozaic restaurant for fine dining and other places popular with tourists and expatriates such as Nuri's and Fly Cafe. There are also many art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, spas and a yoga studio.
The villa is about one hour and fifteen minutes from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.
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Lauren G |